Daphne is an evergreen shrub with deliciously scented flowers. The fragrance lingers in the air in the garden, inviting you to get closer. The fragrant flowers may be light pink or white. Flowers bloom in late winter to early spring, depending upon your region. Plant leaves are either leathery, dark green and shiny, and one […] Finish reading: Plant Profile: Daphne odora
In the gardening world, winter is not the most exciting time of year. In many places, snow covers the ground and gardeners stay indoors and dream about spring. However, in USDA zones 9 and higher, some plants are blooming and some trees have not lost their leaves. There is still work to be done in the […] Finish reading: Winter Gardening
It’s October and time to get planting! It’s too late to plant some flowers from seed in USDA Zone 9, with a few exceptions. Sweet peas can be planted now until January. They are one of my favorite flowers and have an amazing scent. To speed up sprouting, soak sweet peas for 24 hours before you […] Finish reading: October-Plant Fall Flowers & Vegetables!
Did you know that winter vegetables aren’t planted in winter, they’re planted in summer? Certain vegetable crops may need 6 weeks to a few months to grow from seed, such as cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, broccoli, collards, Brussels sprouts, and leeks. Now is also a good time to start mustard greens, beets, kale, spinach and herbs […] Finish reading: Plant Winter Vegetables in SummerVegetable Gardening
Want to be the first front yard in your neighborhood with flowers every year? You can be if you plant a lilac vine (Hardenbergia species). The bright, cheery flowers of this climbing vine are a colorful reminder that spring is nearly here! Description of Hardenbergia Lilac vine (also called coral pea) is an evergreen vine with dark […] Finish reading: Lilac Vine-HardenbergiaPlant Profiles
If you need a plant with show-stopping color for shade, Pacific Coast iris, also called Douglas iris, is your plant! It resembles bearded irises in leaf and flower appearance but is more diminutive. Bearded iris flowers tend to stand tall above their leaves, while Pacific Coast iris flowers are shorter. Pacific Coast iris grow from […] Finish reading: Pacific Coast IrisPlant Profiles
If you live in USDA zones 8 and higher, you may be one of those lucky people who has a citrus tree in the landscape. (USDA zone 7 gardeners can also grow citrus but need to take more precautions during winter to protect their trees). Citrus trees do best with protection from cold air and […] Finish reading: How to Harvest and Store Citrus
Winter is a great time to plant bare root fruit trees and roses. This is the most inexpensive time to acquire all the trees and roses that you’ve been dreaming about. Just remember, for every plant you want you will need to dig a hole. It’s a good idea to prepare your garden ahead of […] Finish reading: It’s Time to Plant Bare Root Roses and Fruit Trees!
Hands down, “Irish” potatoes are THE most fun to grow of all vegetables. Not only are they easy to grow, harvesting is like digging for buried treasure. Kids and adults alike go crazy when digging them up. At some point you may need to take the shovel away before they dig up your entire garden! […] Finish reading: How to Plant “Irish” Potatoes
I’ve written 3 posts about square foot gardening, the most I’ve written about any topic, but was compelled to add yet another! I have to be honest, I’m quite skeptical of the chapter on gardening on pavement. I can’t help it. There is so little soil involved, and my gardening mind cannot wrap itself around […] Finish reading: Apartment Gardening in 4 Square Feet (in Winter)